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Freddie Kane with The Performance of the Year

Freddie Kane with The Performance of the Year

Idalis Richardson

December 5th, 2019

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The Album of the Year Tour

For Hip-Hop fans looking for a display of raw, unapologetic talent, Freddie Gibbs’ The Album of the Year Tour is hands down a must-see show for the Hip-Hop purist. Freddie Gibbs, aka Freddie Kane, further cemented his legacy in the Rap game with Tuesday night’s performance at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom.

Kicking the night off with the smooth delivery of Conway The Machine, we had entered the mind of Freddie. Furthermore, we all stood in awe as Conway delivered one of the most intoxicating performances I have ever seen from an opening act. The Buffalo native immediately captured the crowd’s attention with songs like “Bang Ft. Eminem” and “Tito’s Back“. Coupled with chilling lyrics and 90s up-tempo beats, Conway The Machine showed us why he is on his way to the top of the Rap game. In addition, we were also was greeted with a masterful performance by Cousin Stizz. Coming to the stage with immeasurable amounts of energy, Cousin Stizz performed some of his classics, like “500 Horses“. All and all, these opening acts will soon be top artists in the game, further showcasing Freddie’s genius.

Humble Beginnings

Born Fredrick Tipton, Freddie was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. Gibbs grew up on 17th and Virginia St. on the east side of the city. His journey into the music industry wasn’t an easy road. Gibbs signed with Interscope Records in 2006 and recorded a debut album, but a year later the management of Interscope changed hands and the rapper was dropped. In 2009, Freddie Gibbs released The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, followed by a series of mixtapes and eventually signing with Jeezy’s CTE Label in 2012.

Releasing his tenth mixtape (Baby Face Killa) under the CTE label, Freddie would soon decide to launch his own label titled ESGN (Evil Seeds Grow Naturally). With his own label behind him now, Gibbs would go on to team up with super producer Madlib, and drop the highly anticipated albums Piñata and Bandana, continuing to show the world why he is one the best artist to ever grace the mic.

Freddie Gibbs & Cousin Stizz Photo By Idalis Richardson

Last Stop on the Tour

Lastly, to bring the show to a close: Freddie took multiple smoke breaks to allow the crowd to prepare for the rapid bars of pure artistry as he started each song off with a simple acapella. Transitioning into his hit songs like “Crime Pay,” and “Death Row Ft. 03 Greedo,” he never seemed to miss a beat. In addition to the comedic banter between him and his DJ, Freddie Gibbs continued to show us why he is highly recommended for anyone looking to hear amazing music as well as have some comedy relief sprinkled into a show.  In the end, we were all left standing, hoping for this moment of greatness not to end, and with the crowd screaming Freddie, Freddie, Freddie… Mr. Gibbs gracefully exited the stage.

Photos by Idalis Richardson

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